Canada Votes 2019: Speak Up and VOTE!
It’s official. It’s election season! We are going to the polls on Monday, October 21, 2019.
You have a voice!
People who have a disability represent a significant voting bloc in Canada. In fact, 20% of Canadians (or 6.2 million people) aged 15 years and over have one or more disabilities.
This means together our voices are even stronger.
We want local politicians to better understand the issues that matter to you. Community Living Ontario (CLO) is pleased to share the Canadian Association for Community Living’s (CACL) National Disability Action Plan. Community Living Ontario supports the plan and would like to share it as widely as possible.
We are asking you to speak up and bring awareness to the developmental and intellectual disability sectors. Below, you will find ways you can support and spread the plan too.
We are also asking you to vote, and help others to do the same. You can vote on Election Day or on one of many advance polls in your community. Consider running local initiatives to encourage people connected to your community to vote. Contact your local Returning Officer if you have any questions about accommodations or accessible voting.
Download the National Disability Action Plan here.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT THE NATIONAL DISABILITY ACTION PLAN
- Attend or host a local candidate’s debate and ask questions (see suggestions below).
- Ask questions when you see a candidate, either at your door or at a community event.
- Ask questions online and tag your local candidates.
- Share the National Disability Action Plan document with your respective members, families, communities and your online network.
- Meet with your local Member of Parliament or candidates one-on-one and share the plan.
- Spread your key messages or the suggested questions on social media using the following hashtags: #CLOvotes #NationalDisabilityActionPlan #elxn43
SUGGESTED QUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK YOUR LOCAL CANDIDATE (ONLINE OR IN PERSON):
- An estimated 100,000 Canadians with intellectual and developmental disabilities live in precarious and vulnerable housing situations in Canada. Some have been on waitlists for over a decade. How do you plan on addressing the housing crisis for this population?
- Approximately 70% of adults with an intellectual disability are living in poverty. This is unacceptable. What will you and your party do to change that?
- 25% of people who have an intellectual disability have contemplated suicide and the rates of mental illness among this community are three to four times higher than the national rate. How will you make sure this population has better access to mental health supports if elected?
- 20% of Canadians (or 6.2 million people) aged 15 years and over have one or more disabilities. That’s a big bloc. How will you make the electoral process accessible for all Canadians, including people who have an intellectual disability?
SUMMARY OF THE NATIONAL DISABILITY ACTION PLAN:
CACL is calling on all parties to commit to developing a National Disability Action Plan. It should promote health, accessible housing, advance employment and enhance inclusion opportunities for people who have an intellectual disability. When developing the plan, the government should put people and families at the core of decision making. CACL is asking that the Action Plan consider four key areas of action:
- Health and well-being
- Tackling poverty through employment and economic security
- Standing behind housing as a recognized human right
- Moving beyond the Accessible Canada Act
For a detailed description of each of these areas download the strategy here.
(NOTE: It is available in French and in English)